Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Piove di Sacco, ITA
English, Italian, Spanish
Hospitality Management, Tourism: Adria, ITA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began in 2007 in Padua, Italy.
Why this sport?
While he was preparing his prosthesis he met Paralympic athletics coach, Alessandro Curis, who invited him to try the sport. He did and found he liked it.
Club / Team
ASPEA Padova: Italy
Name of coach
Gianfranco Sommaggio [club], Mario Poletti [national]
Coach from which country?
He trains three hours a day.
His family call him 'Sam', teammates call him 'Jeeg Robot' from a Japanese cartoon, due to his prosthetic arms. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Reading, Christian music and computers. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and winning two bronze medals at the 2012 IPC Athletics European Championships in Stadskanaal, Netherlands. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Most influential person in career
His coach, Gianfranco Sommaggio and physiotherapist, Giuliana Fiscon. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Hero / Idol
US basketball great Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before starting off the blocks, he always makes the sign of a cross while holding a necklace his late mother gave him. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never back down." (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
|Men's 200 m T46||Heat 2||6|
|Men's 400 m T46||Heat 2||7|
|Men's 200 m T46||Semifinal 1||2013-07-21||12|
|Men's 400 m T46||Semifinal 2||2013-07-25||8|
|Men's 400 m T46||Final 1||2013-07-26||7|